Gambling Policy and the Public Good

Gambling Policy and the Public Good – An International Book Project 2014-2016

The purpose of this book is to describe how the scientific study of gambling behaviour, the gambling industry and the regulation of gambling can contribute to gambling policy and the public good. It will be written to answer some fundamental questions on gambling policy:

  • How can the historical background of gambling inform contemporary gambling policy at the local and national levels?
  • What is the structure of the gambling industry, and how does it compare with gambling activities managed by government monopolies and the informal sector?
  • What is the prevalence of gambling behaviour and gambling problems throughout the world, and how is it changing with the liberalization of gambling regulations?
  • What are the personal, social and societal costs and benefits of gambling, and do the costs outweigh the benefits?
  • What can scientific research tell us about the policies and interventions that have been designed to regulate gambling, treat gambling disorders and prevent gambling problems?

The general approach will be guided by a public health orientation with a strong focus on the strengths and limitations of the available research from the social and behavioural sciences. The scope of the book will be international with a balanced emphasis on implications for developing as well as developed countries.

This book continues the series of public health oriented monographs on addiction policy that started with Alcohol Control Policies in Public Health Perspective by Kettil Bruun and others in 1975, continued with Alcohol Policy and the Public Good by Griffith Edwards and others in 1997, and include most recently Alcohol – No Ordinary Commodity, 2003, and Drug Policy and the Public Good, 2010, by Thomas Babor and other collaborators.

We are planning to have the book ready at the end of 2016.

Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies

Thomas Babor (University of Connecticut)
Pekka Sulkunen (CEACG)

Email: michael.egerer [at]
Tel: +358 2941 23919